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Paul Guschlbauer wins Red Bull X-Alps Powertraveller Prologue

Paul Guschlbauer wins Red Bull X-Alps Powertraveller Prologue

Paul Guschlbauer (AUT1) scored a convincing win at the Powertraveller Prologue on 2 July 2015, the warm-up adventure race for the Red Bull X-Alps. Stanislav Meyer (CZE) and Gavin McClurg (USA2) came second and third, and all three win an extra night pass to use in the Red Bull X-Alps, which allows them to walk through the night […]





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Kathleen Rigg – two Women’s World HG records

Kathleen Rigg – two Women’s World HG records

Kathleen Rigg (GB) flew a 200km triangle on her Moyes RX3.5 from Hochfelln in the Bavarian Alps on 1 July 2015, earning her two women’s world records if the claims are ratified.  The flight details are currently with the FAI, who will verify whether the flight takes women’s world ‘distance over a triangular course’ and ‘speed over a triangular course’ records […]





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Triple Seven King – M size certified EN D

Triple Seven King – M size certified EN D

Triple Seven’s EN-D King has passed certification in the M size, for 90-110kg. Described as a classic 3-liner, Triple Seven say the King is designed for advanced pilots and has a clean canopy and a good inherent safety for a wing of its class. They describe its handling as precise yet playful, and say it has a […]





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Naviter Oudie 3 + flight instrument released

Naviter Oudie 3 + flight instrument released

Naviter have upgraded the Oudie 3 paragliding instrument, and the new Oudie 3 + is now available. The upgrade includes: A new screen with significantly improved visibility when viewed from an angle A charging light Improved battery chemistry for better low temperature endurance An optional leg strap and jacket for easy mounting (when no cockpit is available) Naviter is offering an upgrade path […]





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Apco Touring Vista III and Force SP paragliders

Apco Touring Vista III and Force SP paragliders

Apco have released ‘Touring’ versions of the Vista III and Force SP paragliders. The Touring versions have sheathed lines throughout, making them more robust. Just like their original versions, the Vista III Touring is an EN-B free-flight wing, and the Force SP Touring is paramotor-specific. In addition, Apco’s competition slalom wing, the NRG Pro, has been made into a cross-country version […]





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Yooda Paramotors Atelier Yak frames

Yooda Paramotors Atelier Yak frames

Yooda Paramotors Atelier are a new Italian firm who make paramotor frames fitted with Cors-Air motors. The Yak paramotors can now be pre-ordered for delivery towards the end of 2015, and will be on show at the 2015 Coupe Icare.  Initially, the Yak frame will be fitted with a choice of three Cors-Air motors, to suit different pilot skill levels. […]





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Bogdan Baziuk flies paraglider 437km in Ukraine

Bogdan Baziuk flies paraglider 437km in Ukraine

Ukrainian Bogdan Baziuk flew his paraglider 437km from north to south across his home country on 29 June 2015 – the longest paraglider flight in Europe, ever, as far as we are aware.  Bogdan launched his Gradent Aspen 5 from a winch, and flew for 9.5 hours at an average speed of 47.38km/h. You can see the flight on XContest.org. The […]





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>>>Listen: Carl Wallbank’s BBC radio interview

>>>Listen: Carl Wallbank’s BBC radio interview

The BBC’s Mark Forrest interviews UK hang gliding record holder Carl Wallbank about his 338km record flight on 24 June 2015. >>> Listen here Cross Country is a reader-supported international publication and is available through subscription only. We publish 10 issues a year in print and digital. Subscribe to Cross Country. Home





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Carl Wallbank sets new UK hang gliding record

Carl Wallbank sets new UK hang gliding record

>>> Listen to Carl talk about his flight with the BBC’s Mark Forrest Carl Wallbank set a new UK hang gliding record on Wednesday 24 June 2015 when he flew across the country from west to east. He flew a stunning 330km from Merthyr Common in South Wales to Cromer on the east coast of […]





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Gradient Agility acro paraglider now available

Gradient Agility acro paraglider now available

After a year of testing and several different prototypes, Gradient’s acro wing, the Agility, is now available. Horacio Llorens and Théo de Blic will be doing the season’s acro competitions on it, and it will be available to buy in 16, 17 and 19m2 sizes.   Here’s Théo putting the 17m2 version through some moves in Saint […]





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Triple Seven Gliders concertina-packing bag

Triple Seven Gliders concertina-packing bag

Triple Seven Gliders have designed their own concertina bag, to make it easy to pack your paraglider without causing it damage. It’s a means of folding your wing in a way that won’t squash its delicate parts, and it’s easy to do, with printed instructions on the bag itself. Side panels hold the wing while you close the zip, […]





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GIN Pegasus beginner PPG wing

GIN Pegasus beginner PPG wing

GIN launched their new paramotor range at the Paramotor Mondial in Blois, France, (19-21 June 2015), with the Pegasus beginner-intermediate wing. They say the new Pegasus combines safety, comfort and handling, and has “outstandingly easy” inflation and take-off and a low minimum speed. In the air, GIN say the Pegasus gives you the feedback you need to develop […]





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Smoke and glory at the Paramotor Mondial 2015

Smoke and glory at the Paramotor Mondial 2015

The first Paramotor Mondial went off with a bang over the weekend of 19-21 June, with 400+ pilots in the air and a trade show that saw manufacturers and dealers from across the world of powered paragliding. Held at an airfield near Blois in France, about 170km south west of Paris, the fly-in was designed […]





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Paragliding in Algeria

Paragliding in Algeria

The first ever free flight festival took place in Algeria in May 2015. It was organised by the local school, Gillesfly, who are working towards getting free flying recognised by Algeria’s national sports federation. The festival was attended by just 20 local pilots and three foreigners, but whereas paragliding is popular in neighbouring Morocco, the sport is still in its infancy […]





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Sol Flexus reflex paramotor wing

Sol Flexus reflex paramotor wing

Sol Paragliders are launching a full-reflex wing for paramotor use: the Flexus. They say it is a fast and stable beginner-intermediate glider. Sol say the Flexus is a good combination of security, speed, performance and ease of handling, and is capable of long cross-country flights. The Flexus is pending DGAC certification, and will be available in six sizes and four […]





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Sol Kangaroo 4 performance tandem

Sol Kangaroo 4 performance tandem

The Kangaroo 4 is Sol’s latest LTF/EN-C high-performance tandem paraglider. Sol pride themselves on their Kangaroo models having set numerous world records throughout the generations, and they hope the fourth incarnation will be no different. A three-riser design with an aspect ratio of 6.25, the wing is supported with battens, trailing edge mini-ribs and double V-tabs. The 32m2 […]





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Comic Paragliding T-shirts from Sky Junkies cartoonist

Comic Paragliding T-shirts from Sky Junkies cartoonist

Fly Piedrahita are creating a range of comic paragliding T-shirts for 2015, designed by skygod and Sky Junkies illustrator, Steve Ham.  They will try to capture some of the fun of the cartoon style shirts we produced for the PWCs we ran in the 1990s. You can see more of the T-shirt designs at Flypiedrahita.com, […]





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Arriba, Arriba, Arriba: Arriba 3 review (EN B)

Arriba, Arriba, Arriba: Arriba 3 review (EN B)

We all know that you don’t need a top-end glider to give you a top-end flight. In fact, the opposite can often be the case: put an inexperienced pilot on a high performing wing and they won’t necessarily have a good time or go very far. So when last year Skywalk boss Armin Harich flew […]





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Ozone Sirocco (PPG) review

Ozone Sirocco (PPG) review

Why would you want a lightweight paramotor wing? That’s the first question Marcus King asked Ozone’s Emilia Plak when they went paramotoring together in Spain. The new Ozone Sirocco is being marketed as the first lightweight full-reflex paramotor wing, but with a 25kg engine on your back, does a weight saving wing really matter? Yes, […]





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Advance Lightness 2 X-Alps harness

Advance Lightness 2 X-Alps harness

Advance have unveiled the harness that Chrigel Maurer and Sebastian Huber will be flying in the 2015 Red Bull X-Alps: the Lightness 2 X-Alps.   A full racing harness based on the Lightness 2, the Lightness 2 X-Alps comes complete with carbon-footplate pod and inbuilt reserve housing. It weighs just 890g, including karabiners. Advance say they designed […]





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